Board Notes/Honors

Congratulations to President Emeritus Tom Upchurch.  Son John and wife Maria have endowed a scholarship for Calhoun City Schools to honor dad Tom and mom Patsy.  The Upchurch family has many fond memories from their days spent working and living in the local community.  Tom came to Calhoun as a social studies teacher and coach and later served as assistant principal and principal of Calhoun High School.  Patsy has a long and distinguished career of public education service which started in Calhoun.

Calhoun City Schools Superintendent and Georgia Partnership Council member, Dr. Michele Taylor, said, "We are excited to honor Mr. and Mrs. Upchurch every year with a scholarship to one of our student leaders.  We appreciate John and Maria Upchuch's generosity and support.  Both Tom and Patsy taught and mentored many students over the years.  They continue to make a difference in our community."  Here's the story.

Former Board member and 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Amanda Miliner, has been honored nationally for her classroom skills:  Former state teacher of the year from Warner Robins' Miller Elementary wins national award.

Board Chair Kevin Greiner's recent article in the Saporta Report has received wide recognition:  Georgia's early learning industry - an economic win today with long-term business, social impacts.

Former Board Chair and current Board member, Shan Cooper, has been named to Atlanta Magazine's list of the top 55 most powerful Atlantans.

New Board member Ernie Lee, Georgia's 2016 Teacher of the Year, is the epitome of who we want teaching our children.  The latest PAGEONE (Professional Assn. of Georgia Educator's bi-monthly magazine contains a wonderful feature on Ernie.  We look forward to serving with him and learning from him this year!

Here's another story about Ernie from his hometown Savannah paper:  Teacher of the Year flag, banner fly for Ernie Lee of Savannah's Windsor High.

Representative Brooks Coleman, a former teacher, is dedicated to making sure the state's public education system is the best it can be.  The GA Department of Education has recognized Brooks with its first "Superintendent's Impact Award" in recognition of his sponsorship of House Bill 91.  In presenting the award, Superintendent Richard Woods (a fellow GA Partnership Board member) said, "He was instrumental in the passage of a law that has allowed thousands of Georgians to receive their high school diplomas, many of them moving on to college or advancing in their careers as a result."

Congratulations to Board member Chris Clark, President, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and his top-flight Chamber team for being named one of three finalists (U.S., Canada, and Europe) in the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives 2015 Chamber of the Year competition.

Chris, commenting in a press release said, "While no state chamber has ever won the ACCE Chamber of the Year award, the Georgia Chamber is honored to be a finalist.  This recognition is especially timely as the Georgia Chamber is celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2015."

Since 2007, annual ACCE award winners and finalists have received international attention for their excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.

Again, congratulations to our friends and office neighbors at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce!

Former Georgia Partnership Board Chair Paul Bowers, President and CEO of Georgia Power, is featured on the August cover of Georgia Trend magazine in reference to the story "The Future of Energy - What's Up With Renewables, Nuclear and More."

The Atlanta Business Chronicle named its list of "The 100 Most Influential Atlantans of 2015."  Four current Georgia Partnership Board members and one former Board Chair have been honored.  Congratulations to former Board Chair Paul Bowers, President and CEO Georgia Power; Chris Clark, President, Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Shan Cooper, Vice President and GM, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.; Mike Donnelly, President, Atlanta Region, Wells Fargo; Hank Huckaby, Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Here's the story.

Former Board Chair Paul Bowers, President and CEO, Georgia Power, always takes the opportunity to underline the importance of education.  Check this story in the Rome News-Tribune:  Georgia Power President: Education critical to meet workforce needs.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named its annual "Who's Who in Education" list.  Congratulations to Georgia Partnership President and Board member Dr. Steve Dolinger.  Other Board members on the list are Chris Baumann, Gretchen Corbin, Henry "Hank" Huckaby, Allene Magill, and Richard Woods.

Former Board Chair and current Board member Shan Cooper has been named Georgia Trend Magazine's 2015 "Most Respected Business Leader."  Shan served as our Chair from 2013 to earlier this year and was instrumental in moving us forward in the service to the state's public education system. Here is the story.  Congratulations, Shan, and thanks for your continuing service to the Georgia Partnership!

New Board member David Scheible is the recipient of the 28th Annual "Executive Papermaker of the Year" Award.  This honor is presented based on corporate vision, strategic objectives and strong leadership both within the individual's company and in the paper industry as a whole.  Here's the story.

Congratulations to Pat Willis, executive director, Voices for Georgia's Children, on her selection by the Georgia Council on Economic Education as its 2015 William J. VanLandingham Commitment to Education Award winner. The honor will be bestowed at the organization's annual meeting, today, May 8.  Pat was a member of the original group who gathered in 1992 to create the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.  Her contributions through the years are innumerable.  Thank you, Pat!  We are proud of you!

James Magazine has named its 2015 Most Influential Georgians and the Georgia Partnership is well represented with five Board members! Congratulations to Stacey Abrams, Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader; Paul Bowers (a former Board Chair), President and CEO, Georgia Power; Chris Clark, President, Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Shan Cooper (past Board Chair), VP & GM Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; and Henry "Hank" Huckaby, Chanellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Milford McGuirt has been named KPMG's Atlanta managing partner.  Congratulations Milford!

Congratulations to Board members who have been named to Georgia Trend Magazine's 100 Most Influential Georgians list.  Former Board Chair Shan Cooper (VP & GM, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co) is joined by former Chairs Paul Bowers (Pres. & CEO, GA Power) and Robert Brown (President & CEO R L Brown & Associates) as well as Stacey Abrams (Minority Leader, GA House of Representatives), Mark Butler (Commissioner, GA Dept. of Labor) and Chris Clark (President, GA Chamber). 

Former Board Chairs Ann Cramer (Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates) and Phil Jacobs (Principal, Pendleton Consulting Group) were named to the magazine's "Notable Georgians" list.  Georgia Partnership President Dr. Steve Dolinger was also named to that list.

Of particular note is the naming of Board member Henry "Hank" Huckaby (Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia) as Georgia Trend's "Georgian of the Year."

Board Treasurer Mike Donnelly was feted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).  Here is coverage as featured in the Saporta Report:

Wells Fargo and the bank’s Atlanta region president, Mike Donnelly, were honored at the 10th annual PAGE Turning Event Sept. 15 at The Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom for supporting public education. He and his wife, Gay, attended public schools, and their three children attend Fulton County public schools. All were present at the PAGE Turning event.

Donnelly’s mother and sister are career public school teachers. Donnelly’s favorite teacher, Paul Szymonski, who taught him 10th grade history and was his cross country coach in Dumfries, Va., came from Pennsylvania for the evening. “In the classroom he taught you how to think,” Donnelly said. “Then as a coach, he taught about life. The key for us in cross-country was simple. You run the hills hard. When the tough times come in life, those are the hills. You run your hardest on the hills, and that’s where you can excel.” See more (scroll down). 


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Stacey AbramsRepresentative, District 89, Georgia House of Representatives
Chris BaumannExecutive Director, Georgia Association of Educators
Susan R. BellChair, Education and Workforce Development Committee, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Robert L. BrownPresident and CEO, RL Brown & Associates
Chris ClarkPresident Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Brooks ColemanChair, Education Committee, Georgia House of Representatives
Gretchen CorbinCommissioner, Technical College System of Georgia
Ann CramerSenior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates
Steve DolingerPresident, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Sally FitzGeraldEducation Director, League of Women Voters of Georgia
Erin Hames Deputy Chief of Staff - Policy, Office of Governor Nathan Deal
Lisa-Marie HaygoodPresident, Georgia PTA
Ed HeysDeputy Managing Partner, Deloitte
Merry Hunter HippEducation Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Nathan Deal
Henry HuckabyChancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Amy M. JacobsCommissioner, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Ernest Lee2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year
Allene MagillExecutive Director, Professional Association of Georgia Educators
Lewis MasseyPresident, Massey & Bowers LLC
Dawnita J. McCainRegional Underwriting Executive, The PNC Financial Services Group
Reuben McDanielPresident & CEO, RM Capital Management, LLC
Milford McGuirtManaging Partner, KPMG
Fran MillarChair, Higher Education Committee, Georgia Senate
John PembertonSenior Vice President & Senior Production Officer, Georgia Power Company
John C. ReidRetired, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company
David ScheibleChairman and CEO, Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
Beheruz N. SethnaPresident Emeritus & Regents' Professor, The University of West Georgia
Jimmy StokesExecutive Director, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders
Lindsey TippinsChair, Education and Youth Committee, Georgia Senate
Pat WillisRetired Executive Director, Voices for Georgia's Children
Valarie WilsonExecutive Director, Georgia School Boards Association
Richard WoodsState School Superintendent
John ZaunerExecutive Director, Georgia School Superintendents Assn.